LDMS is First Denton Co. Healthy Texas Recognized School
Lake Dallas ISD is proud to announce that Lake Dallas Middle School has officially been acknowledged as a Healthy Texas recognized school for the 2019-2020 school year - the first Healthy Texas recognized school in Denton County. LDMS, represented by Mr. Randall Caldwell, principal, was honored as the first Healthy Texas Recognized School in Denton County during the Denton County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, July 16.
“Healthy Texas recognizes the commitment the school, staff, and students have made to improve their health, and also the health of their community,” Courtney Davis, Denton County Extension Agent, said. “Studies show that when youth learn health behaviors during their adolescent years, they are more likely to adopt those health behaviors - and thus lead healthier and productive lives into adulthood. Lake Dallas Middle School has set an example and been a leader for other schools to follow on how to incorporate health learning into everyday classroom settings.”
Lake Dallas Middle School had 135 youth participate in the Walk Across Texas program, which educated youth on the importance of physical activity in leading a healthy life. They also had 126 youth go through the Learn Grow Eat & Go program, where youth learn how to garden fruits and vegetables, and the importance of nutrition in a healthy lifestyle.
Lake Dallas Middle School has not just committed to nurturing the health of its students, but also the teachers who work with students. As part of in-service training, 64 teachers learned about healthy but easy to make recipes as part the Dinner Tonight program from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.
Healthy Texas started as a pilot in South Texas in September 2015 as a partnership between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Our comprehensive, multidisciplinary team promotes preventive health at the most local level of the community, improving the well-being of Texans for generations to come. We engage families, enhance education, promote behavior change and improve quality of medical care and health outcomes. When the Healthy Texas initiative was expanded to the DFW Metroplex, Lake Dallas Middle School became a partner in improving the health of the school and community through education.
“We are thrilled to recognize Lake Dallas Middle School as a Healthy Texas Campus and look forward to continuing to improve the health of students and families for generations to come,” Ms. Davis said.
Photo: LDMS Principal Randall Caldwell recognized by Denton Co. Commissioners and AgriLife Extension